Summer Afternoons, Shrimp Salad, & Summer Dressings

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There is something so wonderful about getting out and enjoying summer.  It gets extremely hot here in Texas, and since we live 10 minutes away from a great water park, we spend a lot of time in the cool water, and on the “beach.”  We love this set up, and wouldn’t trade it for the world….

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I’ve been trying to find some delicious summer dishes to make that go well with the hot weather: Shrimp salad, Caesar salad, hot dogs made various ways….  Now that my appetite is getting better, I want to eat things that taste like summer….

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Shrimp Salad:

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (deveined) cooked or grilled
  • sliced red and yellow tomatoes (to taste for your salad – I usually use two or three if its for just two of us… if I want left overs I’ll use about 5 tomatoes)
  • spinach leaves (enough for how many you’re planning on serving)
  • Diced watermelon
  • Diced cucumber
  • Diced goat feta cheese

Mix all ingredients, serve with shrimp on top.  Dress with something summery and tangy: Cilantro and lime dressing (cilantro chopped up and mixed with one lime’s juice in olive oil, or Asian salad dressing:

  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbs minced ginger root
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbs honey
  • 1/4 cup water

In a 1 pint glass jar or larger, combine the garlic, ginger, olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and water. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake well. Remove lid, and heat jar in the microwave for 1 minute just to dissolve the honey. Let cool, and shake well before serving. Store covered in the refrigerator. (from allrecipes.com)